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Windows 7: Today's Puzzle

 21 May 2013 #91 tom982 Windows 8.1 Pro x64 2,587 posts England Quote: Originally Posted by Kari    Quote: Originally Posted by tom982 And the last four :) 7=2*0+1+3! 8=2^(0*1+3) 9=(2+0+1)*3 10=(2*0+1+3)! Tom, the last one is wrong: (2*0+1+3)! = 4! = 24 7, 8 and 9 are correct. Oh crap In a moment of madness, I thought 4! = 4+3+2+1. 10=20/(-1+3) My System Specs
 21 May 2013 #92 Kari Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB 17,861 posts A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany Correct! My System Specs
 21 May 2013 #93 Britton30 Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1 24,343 posts Mt. Crumpit/Whoville You guys are using notations beyond me. My System Specs
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 21 May 2013 #94 Kari Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB 17,861 posts A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany Britton, the ! in math is a factorial. For example: 4! = fact(4) = 1*2*3*4=24 7! = fact(7) = 1*2*3*4*5*6*7=5040 Funny enough, don't ask me why, the 0! = fact(0) = 1. Trying to find an explanation I just Googled "Math 0!" and got this page: Math Forum: Ask Dr. Math FAQ: 0! = 1 My System Specs
 21 May 2013 #95 Britton30 Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1 24,343 posts Mt. Crumpit/Whoville Thanks Kari! In Colin's solution what does the 1) mean? My System Specs
 21 May 2013 #96 Kari Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB 17,861 posts A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 Thanks Kari! In Colin's solution what does the 1) mean? You mean this:    Quote: Originally Posted by Golden 5 = ((2 + 0) x 1) + 3 You count first the formula within the first (blue) parenthesis 2 + 0 which gives 2, then using that sum you solve the formula within next (green) parenthesis using the sum from first parenthesis as a factor, 2 * 1 = 2. Without (double) parenthesis it would be 2 + 0 x 1 + 3 = 5, so although the parenthesis are correct in this formula from Colin, they are this time unnecessary. An example where using parenthesis would give a different outcome: 2 * 0 + 1 + 3 = 4 2 * (0 + 1) + 3 = 5 My System Specs
 21 May 2013 #97 Britton30 Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1 24,343 posts Mt. Crumpit/Whoville Ahh, I missed the first double parenthesis. My System Specs
 21 May 2013 #98 Kari Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB 17,861 posts A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany No special skills needed, just addition: A three by three table: And 9 prime numbers: 7, 37, 43, 67, 73, 79, 103, 109, 139 Place the given prime numbers so that each horizontal, vertical and diagonal line gives the exactly same sum. For instance if you think that the first row should be 73 + 103 + 7 = 183, then the two other horizontal lines, all three vertical lines and both diagonal lines should also give 183. If this is too difficult, I will tell what the sum of all 8 lines should be :). My System Specs
 21 May 2013 #99 Kari Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB 17,861 posts A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany First hint: Each line gives a sum of 219. My System Specs
 21 May 2013 #100 drpepper Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit 234 posts solution: Code: ``` 103 7 109 79 73 67 37 139 43``` How did I arrive at the solution? I don't know if this works in every case, but I used some logic as follows. given: 3,37,43,67,73,79,103,109,139 the sum of the numbers is 657 for the sum of each row or column to be equal, the sum has to be 657/3=219 because there are 9 squares, I decided to divide the total by 9 and see what comes up: 657/9=73 looking at the sequence, I found 73 to be the median --> why not try that in the center square? so 219-73=146 --> is there a pattern? the sums of the outer pair, second from outer pair, etc. all are 146 this provides the following pairs: 7,139; 37,109; 43,103; 67,79 because a center out perspective is working so far, let's examine using the two center pairs above (37,109; 43,103) for the diagonals placing the pairs in diagonal opposite corners provides the same sums as calculatd earlier for the rows and columns remaining squares are just a matter of simple math to provide a column or row sum of 219 magically, all of these solutions used one of the remaining numbers given for the puzzle I was posting my solution while you were providing the hint. I did not peak. My System Specs